After more than four decades in service, the National Planetarium will be closing its doors to the public.
According to National Museum, the attraction’s building—located in Rizal Park—will be decommissioned to give way to new development projects by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).
In place of the old planetarium, a National Museum Complex housing the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Museum of Natural History will be built.
NPDC will be overseeing the new infrastructure projects, the National Museum shared.
In a Facebook post released on Monday (October 11), the National Museum expressed sadness over the National Planetarium’s fate.
“We are sad to retire the old building, which has in its own way been a landmark in Manila and a pillar of the National Museum of the Philippines as a whole, but we are excited and motivated to work to deliver a new facility that will breathe new life into the National Planetarium as a beloved institution,” the organization wrote.
However, they assured that the planetarium will not be gone for long as plans to build a new and improved version are already in the works.
“Stand by for the announcement of our plans, currently in the development stage, for a new National Planetarium truly worthy of the name in our present time, and which will be designed to serve the public well for many more decades to come with the unique experience that only a world-class planetarium can provide.”
The National Planetarium was introduced in 1975 and served as one of the top destinations in Rizal Park ever since, especially for school children going on educational field trips.
It was among the many attractions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly reduced its operating hours and visitors.
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